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Hallelujah: doxology

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This expression “Hallelujah” shows up in a lot of unexpected places… even in past/recent animations/cartoons…songs.

The single syllable Jah is usually linked with the more moving emotions of praise and song, prayer and entreaty, and is generally found where the subject theme dwells upon a rejoicing over victory and deliverance, or where there is an acknowledgment of God’s mighty hand and power. Examples of this special usage are abundant. The phrase, “Praise Jah, you people!” (Hallelujah) appears as a doxology, that is, an expression of praise to God, in the Psalms, the first being at Psalm 104:35.

Jah–A poetic shortened form of Jehovah, the name of the Most High God. (Ex 15:1, 2) This abbreviated form is represented by the first half of the Hebrew Tetragrammaton יהוה (YHWH), that is, the letters yohdh (י) and heʼ (ה), the tenth and fifth letters of the Hebrew alphabet respectively. [excerpted: Insight on Scriptures Volume 1, Jah]

Thank FULL for the “Breath of Life“…

 Our very existence gives us just cause to praise Jah. David sang: “I shall laud you [Jehovah] because in a fear-inspiring way I am wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, as my soul is very well aware.” (Psalm 139:14) Yes, we are “wonderfully made” and have such precious gifts as sight, hearing, and thinking ability. Should we not, therefore, direct our life in such a way as to praise our Maker? Paul said as much when he wrote: “Whether you are eating or drinking or doing anything else, do all things for God’s glory.”—1 Corinthians 10:31. [excerpted Praise Jah for His Great Deeds w 01]

10/13/17 @ 8:07 p.m.

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Hunckering Down: Hurry Up and Go Away Irma!

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We are safely hunkering down so far with Wonderful Family & Friends including, of course, 3 cats and 1 doggie:) here in Southwest Florida! It’s been an adventure thus far; thankfully. (We will see later on as things unfold here. We are also, as of this writing, under a Tornado Watch and Tropical Storm Winds/Rain here in Charlotte County.) My prayers and thoughts of safety and preservation of life go out to Everyone: Be Safe & Stay Calm & Make Sound/Wise Decisions: Pray!… every day, eh?;)

This is a brief post to address the negative/ill-informed (aka lacking evidence) thoughts circulating about hurricanes being some sort of deserved punishment…

In their rush to blame God, some point to Bible accounts where God brought destruction by natural elements. (Genesis 7:17-22; 18:20; 19:24, 25; Numbers 16:31-35) An examination of these Bible accounts shows, however, that in each case, there are three major distinguishing factors. First, there was warning beforehand. Second, unlike today’s natural disasters, which kill good and bad people alike, destruction from God was selective. Only the incorrigibly wicked or those who refused to listen to warnings were destroyed. Third, God made a way for innocent people to escape.—Genesis 7:1, 23; 19:15-17; Numbers 16:23-27.

In the countless disasters that have wreaked havoc on the lives of millions of people today, there is no evidence that God was behind them. [excerpted Is God Punishing Us? w 2011)

9/10/17 @ 12:23 p.m.

Peace & Stay Safe Readers:)

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The Sunday before…

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utter despair set in…

don’t be fooled by

the happy smirk

melted make-up

and

stringy hair…aka brief moment captured of quiet relaxation.

(note to self: may be?? i might try brushing my hair and fixing my make-up before documentation photos, huh??! lol;)…documentation of me feeling in somewhat control of myself/circumstances…[P.S. please! to whom it may concern/matter, ya right;) like this would matter to anyone but me–don’t misuse any image of me IF You happen upon on-line.  At some point, i intend to take them down; don’t know IF possible?…took down fun/goofy “hat” photos from a blog and yet found circulating on-line, UGHH!!]

when i post photo of myself, that is me controlling the image…and not some random friend/person/stranger/stalker… somebody instagram-ming me without me know-ing…which i don’t appreciate without my permission/knowledge. Thank You for respecting!!…:)

{facing (a) fear is letting strangers see my (me/freak show) face on-line, which i don’t like much…people looking/staring at me, etc. i can’t hide behind my stringy hair my whole life, right? may be? i’ll chop it off IDK.}

From one Sunday to the next SUN—day for context IF needed please read: Sunday Shades of Nuanced Satisfaction

Last Sunday (photo above)…(what was last Sunday’s date? today is 9/4/17) anyway…life seemed good! and it took a turn toward utter despair/non-resolution and fast!!…………………………..however, i am satisfied to get through the (emotional) pain/unpleasant place and make it unscathed to this past Sunday/yesterday feeling “o-kay”…hooray…THANK GOD! (this experience, among many, taught me once again that: “with God all things are possible.”)

Hope You Reader:) are feeling okay?? and in a safe emotional place of high-compassionate-functioning!!:) oh and Thanks for reading my ramblings..hope they encourage You somehow IF not leave this space now.

i employ my emotional/spiritual strategies of pain management (prayer, positive-Bible study, music, etc, exercise)…which usually are quite effective, but somebody pulled an unexpected/deep trigger from a concealed place…and i was too tired/relaxed and smirking-ly-self-assured (see photo above) with the attitude of: i got this all figured out?!…may be to resist too much…oh, ya, i did fight it in the wrong way; the negativity with negativity: OOPS! {but eventually had to let the despair wave wash over me first and then leave me soaked…glad to be through it…and at this “dry” emotional-well-being place: now of peace.}

a lot of it is (coping success):  mouth/mind self-discipline and not letting my thoughts/words on the loose…in the pit of disappointment, hopelessness, and black-hole darkness of super-sensitivity. But hey, sometimes, we all get engulfed before we realize.

time with my Dad doing artwork helped…we are working on a project. And Sabina helped me too. An example of a sweet, happy, positive woman with incredible health challenges seeming insurmountable…non-working arms and legs. (i should upload a video about her here, may be?) She has amazing skills!!:) a beautiful attitude and a beautiful smile and she can accomplish MUCH with her tongue and heart…what i can’t with working arms and legs without biting my tongue.

she helped me understand that difficulties..when courageously faced teach us special skills and focusing on helping Others is key and not being consumed by self-pity and negativity over our particular lot in life.

Hey, i have working fingers, and working eyes, and working arms and working legs. Enough food, enough sleep, healthy kids, etc, roof over my head, and not directly feeling effects of Hurricane Harvey:(…and no reason to give up!…the every day fine fight of compassion.

Sadly, some of us are facing literal hurricanes and figurative ones…but they are only TEMPORARY!! (Please return IF You choose, for a different post on “is the world out of control?”  recent positive readings and practical points about disasters.)

You’re not a sneaky tornado??…right?! -lol:) No! You’re a Friend of Peace!:)

PEACE Friend of Peace:)

 

8/4/17 @ 3:38 p.m.

 

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Satisfying Spiritual Needs?? (Part 1)

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Whether we realize or not…climates change..(not just talking) –Weather watches…& warnings…

The Bible predicts/prophesies/foretells the fall/destruction of:

the World-Empire of False Religion

Bible Scholars relate/say this and historians…

and history–records MUCH bloodshed in the name of so-called religion…

please check out these excerpts (my highlights)…readings…[Lasting Peace & Happiness: “Can Religion Satisfy Mankind’s Needs?” ]

THE major religions in the world have vast numbers of followers and many magnificent churches, cathedrals, synagogues, and temples. Despite all of this, have these religions taught the truth about God? Have they helped people to lead happier and more meaningful lives? Do their leaders practice what they preach?

 History clearly shows that the Western religions have proved disappointing in these areas. For example, some of the most horrible conflicts and massacres in history took place in lands professing to be Christian. The Crusades, for example, were launched by the churches of Christendom from the 11th to the 13th century. The wars during this period took innocent lives by the thousands.

 In the early 19th century, the churches openly supported many Western powers in the expansion of their empires in less-developed lands and the wanton exploitation of the resources of their colonial territories. Church and State acted in collusion. Hand in hand, they brought distress and misery to people in many lands.

 In the two world wars of the 20th century, most of the belligerent powers on the opposing sides were Catholic or Protestant nations. Thus, with the approval of their religious leaders, Catholics killed Catholics and Protestants killed Protestants. In more recent times, the conflict between Roman Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland resulted in heavy casualties. Leaders of these religions love to talk about peace and brotherhood, and all of them profess to serve the same God. But in view of the facts, we must ask: Do they really have a genuine love for peace? Do they truly love their neighbors as themselves?

 Additionally, are the religious leaders and their flocks known for their adherence to high moral standards? Has not the media repeatedly exposed and reported on cases of child molestation and other corrupt practices among the clergy of Christendom?[…]

 As regards helping people to gain an accurate knowledge of God, all major religions of the West have failed miserably. Their doctrines are mainly based on traditional beliefs rather than on the teachings of the Bible. For example, they believe that humans have an immortal soul and that those who do not serve God will be tormented in a fiery hell forever. Just think! If God were really so cruel and hardhearted, would you want to worship him?

Clearly, the religions of the West have not brought lasting peace and happiness for mankind, nor have they provided the right spiritual guidance. What, then, about the religions of the East? In China, for example, the three major religions are Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism. Have these religions brought lasting peace and happiness for the Chinese?

 In its early stages, Taoism was more a philosophy than a religion. Its founder, Lao-tzu, was dissatisfied with the chaos and turmoil of the times and sought relief by shunning society and returning to nature. However, as time wore on, Taoism became a system of worship venerating a pantheon of many gods and goddesses. Taoists practice divination. They attach great importance to omens and feng shui (the reading of the forces of wind and water) as well as to sundry other rituals. It is clear that Taoism falls short in providing satisfactory answers regarding the meaning of life or in fulfilling the people’s spiritual needs.

 At the outset, Confucianism was a school of ethics and morality based on the teachings of its founder, Confucius. Through the centuries, Confucian concepts have wielded a strong hold on Chinese culture and way of thinking. Still, being a philosophy of life, Confucianism has neither helped the Chinese to learn about the Creator nor encouraged them to cultivate a close relationship with him. Although adopting its precepts as rules of conduct brings certain benefits, Confucianism does not fully satisfy one’s spiritual needs; nor has it brought lasting peace and happiness.

Buddhism first came into China from India. This religion advocates compassion and tolerance, and it has fascinated many by its complicated philosophy. But has Buddhism helped people to learn about the Sovereign of the universe? Have the teachings of the Buddha satisfied the spiritual needs of mankind? The book Basics to Buddhism says: “Buddhists do not believe in an all-powerful divine being in the universe”; “Everyone is capable of becoming a Buddha”; “Everyone has to work on his own to become a Buddha and be liberated from suffering.” Buddhism has inspired, not faith in God, but reliance on self.

 To be spiritually satisfied, what questions must we consider?

 If a person’s faith is misplaced, how could he ever find the truth that brings real satisfaction? Down through the ages, the Chinese have followed the tradition of worshipping their ancestors, idols, and the spirits in nature, engrossed in the multitudes of rites and rituals connected with them. As a result, the concept of a personal God, or Creator, is something foreign to most Chinese. Yet, as discussed earlier, to satisfy our spiritual needs, we must come to know not only who the Most High God is but also what his purpose for mankind is. By so doing, we will be able to act in harmony with that purpose and gain lasting happiness. We therefore invite you to investigate and find for yourself the reasonable, objective, and satisfying answers to these questions: Is there a Creator? Does he care about mankind? Can he really bring lasting peace and happiness to mankind, who are so beset with problems and difficulties? Can religions based on myths and superstitions really satisfy people’s spiritual needs?

Further readings…[Lasting Peace & Happiness How to Find Them: Is There Really a Most High Creator?]

 “His invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship, so that they are inexcusable.” (Romans 1:20) Even though we cannot see God, our belief in his existence is no mere superstition. Daily, we deal with many things we cannot see, such as wind, electricity, magnetism, and the force of gravity. We know that they exist because we can observe the effects they produce. Similarly, the intricate design and the superb order in the universe distinctly testify to the existence of a Grand Creator.

God is invisible, so how can we come to know him as a Person and establish a personal relationship with him? God has made it possible for us to know him, primarily by two means. Through his creation, God gives a clear indication of his wisdom, power, and love. In addition, he has inspired men to write a book, providing further information about himself. That book is the Bible.

One of the first Chinese words i’ve learned… 上帝 Shang-di (literally “Emperor above”)…

Shang-di…Emperor Above who Rules with Boundless Love aka God of Agape Love & Compassion!:)

What human ruler/emperor on Earth rules with endless/unselfish love??!

 

8/28/17 @ 9:22 p.m.

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Can You See??

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“the beauty through the ….” (i like this verse)

{yeah, and seeing the hope through the despair… the “master of my” SEE}

“And He (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)…{i Love this verse}

Death and pain’s raining reign will end…believe it! 

{i trust in God (of Compassion/Yahweh/Jehovah) and not man to solve longevity concerns.}

8/26/17 @ 9:16 p.m.

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Not Ordinary (Part 2)

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Please let me Reader:) direct Your attention to a timely verse:
{It is VERY sad:( and greatly disturbing 🙁 the violent-tragic-world-wide events and here in the US..the level of violence and hatred reminds me of a prophetic Biblical verse…

“Because of the increasing of lawlessness, the love of the greater number will grow cold.”—MATTHEW 24:12.

Interesting commentary on this scripture:

WHEN Jesus was on earth, he explained how people would identify “the conclusion of the system of things.” Among other things, he foretold: “The love of the greater number will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:3, 12)

Many atheists, agnostics, and evolutionists try to convince others not to love God or even believe that he exists. They make it seem as if only a person who is foolish or uneducated would believe in a Creator. In addition, many people have more respect for human scientists than for the Creator. (Romans 1:25) (excerpted article W2017: Do Not Let Your Love Grow Cold

An illustration i like excerpted reading (reference below):

When you travel by car, you might first consult online sources, maps, and written directions. Then, as you see signs and landmarks that match what the directions say, you gain confidence that you are nearing your destination. In a similar way, God has given us his Word, which describes striking global trends. As we see those landmark events unfolding, we become convinced that we are in the time period leading up to the end.

The Bible explains that world history would reach a unique, pivotal time period that would culminate in the end. That time would see a combination of worldwide events and circumstances that differs from anything in mankind’s history.

Please check this out…(continuing excerpted reading: Is the End Near? w 2015)
3 things to consider: Upheavals, Attitudes, Ruination of Earth…

WORLDWIDE UPHEAVALS A prophecy recorded in Matthew chapter 24 lists events on the earth that would make up a composite sign. That sign would mark “the conclusion of the system of things” and lead to the time when “the end will come.” (Verses 3, 14) These features include major wars, food shortages, earthquakes in one place after another, an increase of lawlessness, a lack of love, and sly efforts by religious leaders to mislead people. (Verses 6-26) Of course, to some extent, such events have been taking place for centuries. However, as the end approaches, they would all occur in the same troubled era.

THE ATTITUDES OF PEOPLE The Bible says that “the last days”—the time period leading to the end—would be marked by a major deterioration of peoples’ attitudes. We read: “Men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God.” (2 Timothy 3:1-4) True, disrespect for fellow humans is not new, but only in “the last days” would that spirit reach such extremes that the era could rightly be described as “critical times hard to deal with.” Have you noticed this ugly downward trend in people’s attitudes?

THE EARTH IS BEING RUINED The Bible states that God will “bring to ruin those ruining the earth.” (Revelation 11:18) In what ways would people be ruining the earth? The time period when Noah lived was described in a similar way: “The earth had become ruined in the sight of the true God, and the earth was filled with violence. Yes, God looked upon the earth, and it was ruined.” So God said of that corrupt society: “I am bringing them to ruin.” (Genesis 6:11-13) Have you noticed the mounting evidence that the earth is becoming filled with violence? Additionally, humans have arrived at a unique point in history: They have the potential literally to ruin the earth by wiping out all human life on it. They have the weaponry in their hands. And the earth is being ruined in another way. The systems that support life on earth—the air we breathe, the animal and plant ecosystems, the oceans—are steadily being degraded because of human mismanagement.

Ask yourself, ‘Just over a century ago, did mankind even have the power of complete self-destruction?’ But now humans are exerting that power by amassing advanced weaponry and by devastating the environment. The rapid developments in technology seem to be outpacing man’s ability to understand or control the consequences. However, earth’s destiny is not for man to decide or control. Before all life on this earth is eradicated, God will step in to destroy those destroying the earth. That is his promise!

8/20/17 @ 10:10 p.m.

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Pain where a…

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pill can’t reach…
hope
you’re
not
turning
into
that
kind
of

 

IDK

may be

?

i got

a lesson (or more)

to

learn

from

YOU

two

 

all i

know

FOR SURE

is

the ONLY

approval

 

needed

is

GOD’S

(the TRUE GOD/(CREATOR) OF COMPASSION–YAHWEH/JEHOVAH!)

 

i bow & pray to Him

(as evidenced by my choices)

 

man

didn’t

design

trees

or

the

air

i

need

to

breathe

to live!

trees don’t lie…yeah, ima Believer!:)

(cause living to please people leads to suffocation/misery/death.)

For the Days of My People will be like the days of a tree, and the works of their hands my chosen ones will enjoy to the full. (Isaiah 65:22)

i ain’t afraid of pain (aka You??). (Honestly, i don’t want to disappoint designer of compassion aka “True” God.)

8/1/17 @ 2:15 p.m.

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Avoiding Pollution

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 “You must not pollute the land in which you live, for [the shedding of human] blood pollutes the land.”​—Num. 35:33, 34.

Thank You Reader, Fellow-Fragile-Life, for Choosing Compassion Everyday and treating All-Fellow-Fragile-Life the way You would want to be treated. 🙂 (Jesus, Sage of Peace, taught this Golden Rule of Living Kindness, Compassion, Forgiveness, and Agape Love.)

Don’t You think HIGH respect for life…results in safe-r choices of actions and interactions with all fragile-life on the planet?!

Bible education promotes peace and respecting life and not shedding blood. It promotes compassion and forgiveness and respect and love for life and fellow-life globally!:)

This topic…reminds me of this great illustration read:

“Happy are the peacemakers,” Jesus said. (Matthew 5:9) Jesus practiced what he preached by promoting nonviolence and taking a message of peace to people of diverse religious backgrounds. (Matthew 26:52) Those who responded were drawn into an unbreakable bond of love. (Colossians 3:14) But was Jesus’ objective merely to build bridges among people of various backgrounds so that they could get along in peace? Did he join with others in their religious practices?

The religious leaders of the sects of the Pharisees and the Sadducees viciously opposed Jesus—even sought to kill him. How did he react? Jesus instructed his disciples: “Let them be. Blind guides is what they are.” (Matthew 15:14) Jesus refused to acknowledge spiritual brotherhood with such individuals.

The International Space Station—a technological wonder orbiting the earth—is the result of the united efforts of some 15 nations. Could you imagine this project being accomplished if the participating nations did not agree on what blueprint to use?

That, essentially, is the situation with the modern-day interfaith movement. Although cooperation and respect are touted, there is no agreed-upon blueprint for building faith. As a result, moral and doctrinal issues remain as divisive as ever.

The Bible contains God’s standards, which are like a blueprint. We can build our lives on what the Bible says. Those who have embraced it have overcome racial and religious prejudices and have learned to work together in peace and unity. Foretelling this, God said: “I will change the language of the peoples to a pure language, so that all of them may call on the name of Jehovah, to serve him shoulder to shoulder.” Unity results from the “pure language,” God’s standard of worship.—Zephaniah 3:9; Isaiah 2:2-4. [excerpted reading reference: Interfaith Is it God’s Way? w 3/2014]

Happy Week-end…working together in Peace & Unity!:)

7/29/17 @ 4:40 p.m.

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O. M. F. Optimization for Multiple Functioning

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Are You a “seeing skeleton” ?!

(not sure (and no time to research) IF i’ve already shared this here (aka this blog previously))…

Check it out at YOUR OWN RISK…of seeing/(understanding) better…

THE reef-dwelling brittle star has an amazing form of armor on its upper surface. This part of its skeleton is studded with microscopic lenses that turn the animal’s armor into a compound eye.

According to chemist Joanna Aizenberg, the brittle star’s dual-purpose shell “demonstrates an important principle: in biology, materials are often optimized for multiple functions.

[…]researchers have devised a simple, low-cost method of producing arrays of microlenses made of calcium carbonate. The many applications of these arrays include telecommunications, where they are used to conduct light signals through optical fibers. [excerpted past/recent reading/peering…The Seeing Skeleton of the Brittle Star–Was It Designed? (by God) AWAKE! May 2013]

Brittle thinking lacks tensile strength…(and now and again may be ? we all need an antacid;)  perhaps (a) 1 life lesson…we can make the most of things…efficiency and speed…is found in not sweating the small stuff (follow-through on the small stuff, (but don’t let it hinder progress long-term)) and …when we can effectively tackle the microscopic…may be we see/understand the macroscopic…

practical verse:

The person faithful in what is least is faithful also in much, and the person unrighteous in what is least is unrighteous also in much. (Luke 16:10)

Multiple/Flexible Functioning…optimizing wellness:  spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically…:)

 

7/19/17 @ 11:45 a.m.

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Deciphering Heiroglyphics {(Yep! i before e except after c)}

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Aka typing up my handwritten-lol;)/hieroglyphic scribble notes/paraphrasing pieces of recent *talk on topic “Being Conscious of My Spiritual Need”…ties in nicely with posts: Fully Conscious?? Are You Growing? (Am i growing?), You’re NOT an Idiot!!!

How Do You…

know IF You:) are appropriately (or at the very least) adequately caring for/satisfying this essential/basic, yet important need??

being conscious of Your spiritual need means to know–Your need for God…{(Yeah, i said it/shared it…You have a need for “God”! and obviously, say not a need for me or my blog, eh?)} we have a built-in design to reach out to someone beyond self…beast vs.man…is NOT content to eat/sleep warm himself…no, we/{mankind-womankind} have a strange urge aka SPIRITUALITY! {(Yeah!! i am very strange-lol:) and probably also because am very vocal about spiritual things/topics.)}

Many experts have acknowledged all civilizations are routed in their “quest for God” …and finding satisfying answers to grappling questions: Why are We Here??  What is the Purpose of Life?? {Why do we die?? Is there Life after Death?? Why so Much Suffering? and will it ever end?? Who is the True God/Creator? Can We Be Friends?} {[BTW: i’ve personally “peered” into the Bible and have found very intellectually/spiritually satisfying answers to these questions and more.]}

“Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need,* since the Kingdom of the heavens belongs to them.

footnote *Or “those who are beggars for the spirit.” (Matthew 5:3)

Being a beggar for the spirit…a begging drive to do all we can to satisfy/fill the need…

Wide-array of beliefs…41,000 different denominations of (so-called) Christianity alone…teachings in conflict, people confused as to what to “really” believe…

a key to satisfying this need in appropriate way…connecting verse 6 of Matthew 5…

“Happy are those hungering and thirsting for righteousness, since they will be filled.* (satisfied).

rigeteousness — desire what is right according to God’s standards

2 Timothy 3:16–“All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight,*(correcting) for disciplining in righteousness,”

“inspired” of God…Greek word “theopneustos” means “God Breathed”

{So for me, personally, i enJOY reading God’s “inspired” word daily/the Bible…but it’s more than just looking…a scan/glance.}
22 However, become doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves with false reasoning. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, this one is like a man looking at his own face* (his natural face) in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself, and he goes away and immediately forgets what sort of person he is. 25 But the one who peers into the perfect law that belongs to freedom and continues in it has become, not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work; and he will be happy in what he does.  (James 1:22-25)
to peer–more than a fleeting glance…a careful search for a hidden object–desires to see, investigates till he finds it…
speaker gave example of lost car keys–how much effort to find, we have to dig, search, peer to satisfy spiritual need.
How do we know IF we are satisfying this need?!
a response, an affect…we would be affected emotionally and/or physically–Psalm 19:7
The law of Jehovah is perfect, restoring strength.* (Or “restoring (bringing back) the soul.” The reminder of Jehovah is trustworthy, making the inexperienced one wise.
Deep Bible Study–being absorbed and making application…restoring strength..makes the inexperienced wise, heart rejoices and makes the eyes shine. We don’t need bad experiences to be wise, we don’t have to touch the fire to know we will be burned. {Experiencing many positive affects in life and making compassionate choices.  Having a personal friendship with God…God called Abraham His Friend. Humans have the opportunity to do the same.}
Challenges and obstacles that could hinder us spiritually…Jesus illustrates:
Matthew 13:3-8…”Then he told them many things by illustrations, saying: “Look! A sower went out to sow. 4 As he was sowing, some seeds fell alongside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. 5 Others fell on rocky ground where there was not much soil, and they immediately sprang up because the soil was not deep. 6 But when the sun rose, they were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them. 8 Still others fell on the fine soil, and they began to yield fruit, this one 100 times more, that one 60, the other 30.”
 Context…seed–Kingdom message…opportunity to satisfy need and different heart conditions…verses 3 & 4 seed didn’t grow? why? so much activity coming and going along roadside…not taking time to absorb spiritual food…rocky road – no root- tribulation/trials/hardship at once stumbled–difficulty and stopped growing spiritually. Thorns…anxiety of this system –deceptive power of riches, chokes it!
need to analyze our circumstances/priorities…anything going on? improper desire for a lot of material things? lack of priority for personal study?
{We can truly be happy by being conscious of our spiritual need…takes time, EFFORT!…can be realized/reached…a healthy place/spiritual paradise. Functioning well–manifesting compassionate ways in various aspects of living and loving.}

“Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need,* since the Kingdom of the heavens belongs to them.

footnote *Or “those who are beggars for the spirit.” (Matthew 5:3)

{am i too proud to beg?!}
{am i truly happy?!}
{am i satisfying my spiritual need?!}
7/15 17 @ 7:37 p.m.
*p.s. for clarification talk i heard (not personally wrote) my musings are in {}…this post is a deciphering of my notes of said talk/lecture.
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